Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Celebrate NC Beer Month

April is NC Beer Month, which is pretty awesome. When I first moved to North Carolina ten years ago, there wasn't much to get excited about.

Since then, craft beers have exploded. The state raised the cap on the alcohol content of beer sold here in 2005. Soon afterward, a vastly improved selection of beers began appearing on store shelves. Then the magic happened. Bottle shops and breweries began popping up everywhere. EVERYWHERE. It's great. 

Today, North Carolina is a hotbed for craft beer, with 100 breweries and amazing selections at bars, restaurants, and even grocery stores. 

In celebration of NC Beer Month, I'm going to attempt to enjoy 30 different beers from 30 different NC breweries, you can follow my adventure from my Twitter or Untappd accounts. Otherwise, I'll keep a list below. Check back often. As always, suggestions are welcomed. 

NC Beer Month 30 in 30
1. Raleigh Brewing (Raleigh): Hidden Pipe Porter w/ Coffee, Big Squeeze Blood Orange Wheat Ale, Berlin Menagerie Berliner Weisse
2. Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem): Hoppyum IPA, Sexual Chocolate 
3. Double Barley Brewing (Smithfield): Sexy Rexy Red Rye 
4. Big Boss Brewing (Raleigh): Deuces Wild Double IPA, Night Knight Black IPA 
5. French Broad (Asheville): 13 Rebels ESB 
6. Highland Brewing (Asheville): Little Hump Spring Ale 
7. Carolina Brewery (Pittsboro): Myth Perpetuator Double IPA 
8. Mother Earth (Kinston): Second Wind Pale Ale  
9. Fullsteam (Durham): Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale 
10. Howard Brewing (Lenoir): Trail Maker Pale Ale, Action Man Lager
11. White Street Brewing  (Wake Forest): Domillo Double IPA
12. Trophy Brewing (Raleigh): Biggest Flirt Belgian IPA, Tractor Pull India Brown Ale
13. The Duck-Rabbit (Farmville): Brown Ale, Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale
14. Triangle Brewing (Durham): Golden Ale
15. Bull City Burger & Brewing (Durham): Bryant Bridge Gateway Golden Ale, Youngen Horny Barleywine 
16. Lonerider Brewing (Raleigh): Sweet Josie brown ale
17. Aviator Brewing (Fuquay-Varina): Devil's Tramping Ground Tripel
18. Beer Army Combat Brewery (Trenton): Fire in the Hole Irish Red
19. NoDa Brewing (Charlotte): Hop Drop n' Roll IPA
20. Deep River Brewing (Clayton): Riverbank Rye-it
21. Cottonwood (Winston-Salem): Frostbite Black IPA *debating whether this counts as a unique brewery or just a unique brand now that Cottonwood is brewed by Foothills
22. Andre's Amber Ale (Knightdale, homebrew)
23. Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City): Dirty Girl Blonde Ale
24. Oskar Blues (Brevard): Gubna Imperial IPA 
25. Carolina Brewing Co. (Holly Springs): Nut Brown Ale
26. Fortnight Brewery (Cary): Porter
27. Bombshell Beer Company ( Holly Springs): Lost My Way IPA
28. Green Man Brewery (Asheville): Porter
29. Triple C Brewing (Charlotte): Imperial Smoked Amber
30. Neuse River Brewing (Raleigh): Saison
31.Crank Arm Brewing (Raleigh): Unicycle Pale Ale
32. Railhouse Brewery (Aberdeen): FCA IPA
33. Four Friends Brewing (Charlotte): Intimidator Imperial Red Ale
34. Steel String Brewery (Carrboro): Rubber Room Session Ale
35. Pisgah Brewing (Black Mountain): Pale Ale
36. Hi-Wire Brewery (Asheville): Bed of Nails Brown Ale
37. Mystery Brewing (Hillsborough): Queen Anne's Revenge Carolinian Dark Ale
38. Olde Hickory Brewing (Hickory): Death by Hops IPA

Friday, February 14, 2014

Beer Lovers Unite: Let's Help This Film Get Made!

Local craft beer enthusiasts are making a documentary about the positive impact that craft brewing has made in North Carolina. The film takes a look at the social, economic and agricultural impacts of the rise of brewing in this state.

I can't wait to see how this turns out, so I've backed their project on Kickstarter. I hope that you will join me in doing the same.

Hurry, though! They have to meet their funding goal by February 24.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A bit of housekeeping...

So, I've broken the site and am in the process of slowly fixing it.
Also, I'm going to change the focus a bit. Stay tuned for details!